On Saturday June 4, 2022, Maternal Mental Health NOW hosted our annual Speak Up When You’re Down Gala at the Westdrift Hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA. The goal of the gala is to honor members of the birth community, those who have experienced mental health disorders during pregnancy and/or the postpartum period and the friends, family and providers who have supported them. This year’s theme, Honoring our Roots: 15 Years of Supporting the Well-being of Growing Families, celebrates the legacy of Maternal Mental Health NOW and the thousands of families impacted by this collective work.

Thank you to those that joined us, created awareness and supported our work through a gift or auction item.  We are so grateful for your support.  Please stay tuned for updates and the impact you have made.  For those that want to contribute, there is still time!

Maternal Mental Health NOW presents the Speak Up When You’re Down Gala
Honoring our Roots: 15 Years Supporting the Well-being of Growing Families

Silent Auction, Dinner and Storytelling

June 4, 2022
Westdrift Hotel, 1400 Parkview Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Valet and Self-parking Available

Cocktail Attire | RSVP by May 29, 2022

While the event has closed, please make a gift or support the online auction.

Individual Tickets: $175 ($160 by April 30, 2022)

Family & Friends Table: $1,750 ($1,600 by April 30, 2022): 10 tickets to the event with preferred seating.

Donation: In addition to your ticket, you may make a tax-deductible donation.

Donation (Unable to attend): If you are unable to attend the gala, consider donating a ticket, table or making a tax-deductible donation.

Sponsorship: Interested in becoming a future sponsor of the gala, please click here for sponsorship information.

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Nury Martinez, LA City Council President, Councilwoman 6th District

Melissa Bangs
Writer, Director, Performer, Advocate
Playing Monopoly with God & Other True Stories

Emily C Dossett, MD, MTS
Director, Reproductive Mental Health Program, LAC+USC Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and of Obstetrics / Gynecology

Jeanette Valentine and Alonzo Plough, Princeton, NJ

Sponsor a Future Gala


There are still some amazing items available in our silent auction!
We have opened them back up for bidding. All proceeds go to support our work.

Silent Auction

We are excited to host our conference and gala in-person, yet remain committed to the health and safety of our guests. Maternal Mental Health NOW is following current Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidelines. We reserve the right to change and/or update the requirements, up until the day of the event, for the safety of the guests. We will communicate with participants by email and post any updates here.

COVID-19 Health and Wellness Check: please upload a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine/booster or a negative test within 72 hours (self-administered is fine), prior to the event HERE.  This wellness check is required for all in-person attendees. Masks are encouraged.

LA County Department of Public Health
Maternal Mental Health NOW grew out of one woman’s ordeal. After the birth of her daughter, Kimberly Wong, Esq. suffered from such severe postpartum depression that she wanted to end her life. Despite good healthcare and strong familial and social support, she struggled to find informed help. Kimberly formed a group in 2007 that would become Maternal Mental Health NOW, a project of 501(c)(3) Community Partners.

The mission of Maternal Mental Health NOW is to remove barriers to prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County.

Maternal Mental Health NOW believes that the mental and emotional experience of welcoming a baby to the family impacts the entire family unit. We invite you to learn more about who we, how we support the community and ways that you can partner with us.

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